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RideKC Next Coming in 2022

Date:August 23, 2021
Effective:Aug 23, 2021

RideKC will launch its new transit redesign with some new faces. A large-scale hiring campaign is in the works to ensure the success of RideKC Next.

We’ve reached out to the community with draft schedules and heard customer and stakeholder feedback. We made some changes, added service and tweaked the stops. Now we need more professional bus operators to make the plan work.

RideKC Next creates a frequent grid, seven days a week, to connect more people to opportunities. All frequent routes will provide service every 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays.  It’s going to be a simpler, easier and more efficient network. RideKC Flex service will expand and modernize north of the Missouri River with app-based booking and tracking.

When the pandemic hit, essential workers kept riding. Our customers needed transit to access healthcare, employment, education and housing; the four pillars of transit on a foundation of social equity. With Zero Fare in place, RideKC’s ridership recovered faster than most transit agencies. The rebounding ridership was a strong indicator that the public was ready for our new transit redesign: RideKC Next.   

While KCATA did not lay off any full-time operators during the pandemic, it is necessary to expand our workforce to fully deliver on RideKC Next. 

RideKC Next will now launch in 2022 with better service and more operators. It will be the RideKC of the future.

RideKC Next highlights

A frequent grid, seven days a week, to connect more people to opportunities. All frequent routes will provide service every 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays.

A simpler, easier and more efficient network. RideKC Flex service expands and will modernize north of the Missouri River with app-based booking and tracking.

Route-by-route information 

See additional documents including system map and route frequency table.

Main MAX and 57 Wornall 
Route will offer service to Waldo on all trips. At the Plaza, the route will remain on Main/Brookside south of 47th. Service to South Plaza will be covered by a new route 40 (revised 47 Broadway route). Main MAX will run from 5 a.m. to midnight every day, with service every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Service will otherwise run every 30 minutes. Additionally, Main MAX will feature a long trip that serves Martin City, replacing the 57 Wornall route to 135th and State Line. These trips south of 75th Street will operate hourly on all days. The Main MAX will serve Ward Parkway Center and follow the same route as the existing 57 Wornall route south of the shopping center.

Troost MAX 
From downtown to 75th Street, Troost MAX will run from 5 a.m. to midnight every day, with service every 15 minutes to 75th Street from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Service to 75th Street will otherwise run every 30 minutes. Long trips to 3-Trails Transit Center will run every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and hourly from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Prospect MAX 
From downtown to 75th Street, Prospect MAX will run from 5 a.m. to midnight every day, with service every 15 minutes to 75th Street from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Service to 75th Street and Prospect will otherwise run every 30 minutes. The RideKC Next plan will provide for convenient transfers to more routes at East Village Transit Center and at 75th and Prospect. Additionally, Prospect MAX will feature a long trip that will replace the eastern portion of the existing 75 75th Street route along 87th Street and Blue Ridge Blvd. to 3-Trails Transit Center. These trips south of 75th Street will operate hourly on all days.

9 9th Street 
The 9 9th Street route will no longer offer service. Portions of the existing route west of Prospect and east of Hardesty will be covered by a modified 12 12th Street route, with increased frequency of 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays, and 30 minutes on Sundays. On other portions of the route, nearby frequent service will be available on both 12th Street and 24 Independence Avenue. See summary for 12 12th Street and 24 Independence.

10 Woodland-Brooklyn
The 10 Woodland-Brooklyn route will no longer offer service. A portion of the route on Woodland between 18th Street and 22nd Street will be covered by a revised 18 Indiana route which will operate every 30 minutes. Much of the existing 10 Woodland-Brooklyn route is close to other frequent routes, such as the Prospect MAX and 12 12th Street. See summary for Prospect MAX, 12 12th Street, and 18 Indiana.

11 Northeast-Westside 
11 Northeast-Westside will be modified at Saint John and Hardesty. The route will no longer travel to Northeast Industrial District or the MCC-Business and Technology Campus. Service to MCC Campus will be provided by modified route 77. 11 will provide service from Saint John and Hardesty to 31st and Van Brunt, via Hardesty. The western portion of the route will not change. The route will operate every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and every hour from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

12 12th Street 
12 12th Street will provide service from the 7th and Minnesota Transit Center in downtown Kansas City, Ks., to Truman Road and Winchester, via Minnesota, N. James Street, 12th Street, Troost, 10th Street, Mary Lou Williams Lane, 9th Street, Prospect, 12th Street, and Winchester. Service will provide the connection between Downtown KCK and Downtown KCMO. The route will run from 5 a.m. to midnight every day, with service every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Service will otherwise run every 30 minutes.

15 Truman Road 
15 Truman Road route will no longer offer service. Service on Truman Road west of Jackson will be provided by a modified 23 23rd Street route. Additionally, frequent service will be provided nearby, on 12th Street. See summary for 12 12th Street and 23 23rd Street.

16 Truman Road Limited
Service on Truman Road within Kansas City will be provided by a modified 23 23rd Street route. Additionally, frequent service will be provided nearby, on 12th Street. Service on the 16 Truman Road Limited to Independence will be discontinued. See summary for 12 12th Street. 

18 Indiana 
The 18 Indiana route will operate every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and every hour from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Additionally, the route will be extended to 75th and Wornall, replacing portions of the existing 21 and 75 routes. Transfers to other routes will be provided at 75th and Prospect Transit Center.  The route will no longer travel to the Kansas City Zoo.

21 Cleveland-Antioch 
The 21 Cleveland-Antioch route will no longer offer service. Portions of the route on Swope Parkway, Cleveland, and 75th Street will be covered by a revised 18 Indiana route. On the portion of the existing route along Chouteau Trafficway in the Northland, an expanded 299 Gladstone-Antioch Flex will provide coverage. See summary for 18 Indiana and 299 Gladstone-Antioch.

23 23rd Street  
The 15 Truman Rd and 23 23rd Street routes are being consolidated into a revised route 23 23rd Street. The revised route will travel between 12th and Wyandotte and Park Tower Rd. just north of 23rd Street. The alignment will replicate the existing 15 route from 12th and Wyandotte to Truman and Jackson, then on Jackson between Truman Rd and 23rd Street, then replicate the existing 23 route to Park Tower Rd. The route will no longer serve 23rd and 22nd Street west of Jackson, Pershing Rd., and Southwest Blvd. Hourly service will be provided from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

24 Independence 
24 Independence will travel its existing route. Weekday service frequency will be maintained and Saturday frequency will be improved. Between downtown and Winner and Independence, the route will run from 5 a.m. to midnight every day, with service every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Service will otherwise run every 30 minutes. Trips extending to Truman and Noland (Independence Transit Center) will provide hourly service from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays to Truman and Noland.

25 Troost 
25 Troost will be restored. The northbound route will no longer travel to Barney Allis Plaza. The route will end at East Village Transit Center for transfer connections to the rest of the region. Local stops will be served on Troost Ave. as well as key transfer points at 31st, 39th, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 63rd, and 75th. This route will operate between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. 7 days a week with service every hour.

27 27th Street 
The portion of the route serving Hospital Hill and Crown Center will be modified. The revised route will travel on 27th Street and Gillham Rd. between Grand and Holmes. The route will no longer travel on Charlotte, Holmes, and 22nd Street. East of Charlotte, the route will remain the same. The route will operate between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. on all days, with service every 30 minutes on weekdays and every hour on Saturdays and Sundays.

28 Blue Ridge 
28 Blue Ridge will no longer travel between downtown and Blue Ridge Crossing. The revised route will use the existing 28 alignment between Blue Ridge Crossing and 3-Trails Transit Center, with the exception of no longer serving Sterling and 51st Street. Service will be provided from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. During most operating hours, buses will run hourly. However, on weekdays between 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., buses will operate every 30 minutes, and these trips will extend to Grandview, replacing the 29 Blue Ridge Limited route.

29 Blue Ridge Limited
Service offered by the 29 Blue Ridge Limited will be consolidated with the 28 Blue Ridge route, which will provide service between Blue Ridge Crossing and Grandview on weekdays between 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

31 31st Street 
31 31st Street will offer service between MCC-Penn Valley in Midtown Kansas City, Mo., to Blue Ridge Crossing via 31st Street and US Hwy. 40. The route will no longer serve Pittman Rd. and 42nd Street; this portion of the route will be replaced by 47 47th Street. The route will run from 5 a.m. to midnight every day, with service every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Service will otherwise run every 30 minutes.

35 35th Street 
35 35th Street will be modified to offer service to KU Medical Center via 39th Street and Broadway. The route will no longer travel on Westport Rd., Roanoke, and 47th St. to the Country Club Plaza. Additionally, the route will no longer travel on 35th Street and Hardesty east of the VA Medical Center, on its way to 31st and Van Brunt. A portion of the existing 35 route between VA Medical Center and 31st & Van Brunt will be replaced by changes to 39 39th Street. The route will operate between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. on all days, with service every 30 minutes on weekdays and every hour on Saturdays and Sundays.

39 39th Street 
The eastern end of 39 39th Street will be modified. The route will alternate end points to 31st and Van Brunt or to Blue Parkway and Kensington. Some 39 trips will travel to 31st and Van Brunt via Topping, Cleaver II, and Hardesty. Other 39 trips will travel to Blue Parkway and Kensington via Cleveland, 45th, Van Brunt, and Elmwood. West of Jackson Ave., the route will run from 5 a.m. to midnight every day, with service every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Service will otherwise run every 30 minutes. East of Jackson Ave., the alternating trips will provide 30-minute service to 31st and Van Brunt and to Blue Parkway and Kensington from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays Saturdays, with hourly service during other hours. 

40 Broadway (currently part of 47 Broadway) 
The existing 47 Broadway route will be split into two separate routes. The revised 40 Broadway route will provide service from the East Village Transit Center at 12th & Charlotte, via 11th & 12th streets, Broadway, through Country Club Plaza to 51st and Main. The route will serve portions of Main Street between Ward Parkway and 51st Street currently served by Main MAX. Hourly service will be provided from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. East-west service between the Country Club Plaza and Blue Ridge Crossing will now be provided by the 47 47th Street route.

47 47th Street (currently part of 47 Broadway) 
The existing 47 Broadway route will be split into two separate routes. The east-west portion of the existing route will be renamed 47 47th Street. Service to downtown via Broadway will be provided by new route 40 Broadway. 47 will travel between KU Medical Center, the Country Club Plaza, and the Shops on Blue Pkwy, with some trips extending to Blue Ridge Crossing. Between KU Medical Center and Blue Parkway and Kensington, the route will run from 5 a.m. to midnight every day, with service every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Service will otherwise run every 30 minutes. Trips extending to Blue Ridge Crossing will be provided between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. with hourly service at all times.

51 Ward Parkway and 52 Ward Parkway Limited 
Routes 51 and 52 will no longer offer service. Some portions of these routes south of Waldo will be served by a revised Main MAX route. See Main MAX for details.

55 Universities-Crossroads
55 will be discontinued. On some portions of the route, service will be provided via other routes such 40 on Broadway and 47 47th Street. 47 will continue to offer service to 47th street/Plaza. Service to UMKC and Rockhurst will continue to be provided on the Main MAX and Troost MAX routes. 

57 Wornall 
57 Wornall will be consolidated with Main MAX. Main MAX will provide hourly trips every day along the route currently served by 57 Wornall, except for a segment of Wornall between 85th and 89th streets that will no longer have service. See Main MAX for details. 

63 63rd Street 
The routing of 63 63rd Street will not change. Service hours and frequency will be slightly modified. The route will operate between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. on all days, with service every 30 minutes on weekdays and every hour on Saturdays and Sundays.

71 Prospect 
The 71 Prospect will be restored. The route will now terminate at East Village Transit Center for connections to the rest of the region. Local stops will be served on Prospect Ave., as well as key transfer points at 31st, 39th, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 63rd, and 75th. This route will operate between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. with hourly service 7 days a week.

75 75th Street 
75 75th Street will be consolidated into other routes. Main MAX long trips will provide service between 75th and Wornall to Ward Parkway Center. 18 Indiana will provide service on 75th Street between Wornall and Cleveland. Prospect MAX long trips will provide service between 75th and Prospect and Blue Ridge and Holiday. Other service on 75th Street and extending to Johnson County are provided by the 475 Quivira-75th Street and 495 95th Street routes. Please refer to these other routes for service details. See summary for Prospect MAX and 18 Indiana.

77 Casino Cruiser 
The 77 Casino Cruiser route will be modified to provide additional service in the East Bottoms, replacing a portion of 11 Northeast-Westside that travels to Universal Ave. and Front St. Other service on the route will remain in place. Hourly service will be provided from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, no longer extending until midnight.

85 Paseo 
The route alignment will remain the same, but frequencies will be modified. Hourly service will be provided from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, no longer extending until midnight.

99 South Kansas City Flex
99 South Kansas City Flex will not change.

101 State Avenue 
101 State Avenue will be modified to extend to the East Village Transit Center at 12th & Charlotte. The route through downtown Kansas City, MO will travel on Main, Grand, and 11th & 12th. The current service through the West Bottoms will be replaced by the expanded 12 12th Street route. The operating hours and frequency of the 101 State Avenue route will not change.

106 Quindaro-Amazon 
106 Quindaro-Amazon will be modified to terminate at 7th and Minnesota. Service east of 7th and Minnesota will be provided by a modified and expanded 12 12th Street and 101 State Avenue, with convenient transfer times. The operating hours and frequency of the 106 Quindaro-Amazon route will not change.

107 7th Street 
107 7th Street will continue existing Monday through Saturday service between 7th and Minnesota and 43rd and Booth. Only minor changes will be made to the current schedule. The operating hours and frequency of the 107 7th Street route will not change.

201 North Oak 
The 201 North Oak route will change in downtown. The route will no longer travel to 27th & Main. Instead, the route will use 11th and 12th streets east of Grand and terminate at the East Village Transit Center at 12th & Charlotte. Service frequency will be modified to provide a consistent level of service throughout the day. Hourly service will be provided from 5 a.m. to midnight every day.   

229 KCI-Boardwalk 
The 229 KCI-Boardwalk route near the airport will be modified to provide service to the construction site of the new KCI terminal. The route will continue to serve terminals B and C as well. Service frequency will be modified to provide a consistent level of service throughout the day. Hourly service will be provided from 5 a.m. to midnight every day.

231 Riverside-Antioch
231 Riverside-Antioch will be discontinued. Portions of the route on Prairie View Rd. are served by the 229 KCI-Boardwalk route. Service at Antioch Crossing is provided by the 238 Meadowbrook route. See summary for 229 KCI-Boardwalk and 238 Meadowbrook.

233 Vivion-Antioch
233 Vivion-Antioch will be consolidated with route 238 Meadowbrook. 238 Meadowbrook will provide direct service between Antioch Crossing and Downtown currently provided by the 233. However, the route will travel on a different alignment north of Armour Rd. Rather than providing service on Antioch and Prather, the route will travel on portions of Vivion, Highland, Parvin, as well as through North Kansas City Hospital on Clay Edwards Drive. Hourly service will be provided from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. See summary for 229 KCI-Boardwalk and 238 Meadowbrook.

234 Boardwalk-Antioch 
234 Boardwalk-Antioch will be discontinued. Portions of the route north of Boarwalk Square will be covered by the 229 KCI-Boardwalk route. Service at Antioch Crossing is provided by the 238 Meadowbrook route. See summary for 229 KCI-Boardwalk and 238 Meadowbrook.

235 Winnwood-Gracemor
235 Winnwood-Gracemor will be consolidated with service offered on an expanded 299 Gladstone-Antioch Flex route. The 299 flex route will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, offering a much greater level of access than the limited existing service on route 235. See 299 Gladstone-Antioch Flex for details.

236 East Gladstone 
236 East Gladstone will be consolidated with service offered on an expanded 299 Gladstone-Antioch Flex route. The 299 flex route will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering a much greater level of access than the limited existing service on route 236. See 299 Gladstone-Antioch Flex for details.

237 West Gladstone
237 West Gladstone will be consolidated due to the nearby availability of the 201 North Oak route and the expanded 299 Gladstone-Antioch Flex service. See summary for 201 North Oak route and 299 Gladstone-Antioch Flex.

238 Meadowbrook 
238 Meadowbrook will be consolidated with route 233 Vivion-Antioch, and the route will be adjusted to provide some service to existing 233 riders between Antioch Crossing and Armour Rd. The route will remain the same north of Antioch Crossing. The revised route will no longer serve portions of North Oak north of Armour, 42nd Street, North Holmes, and 44th Street. Hourly service will be provided from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

252 Barry Road 
A new route will be added in the Northland to connect Boardwalk Square to the Conistor Park & Ride in Liberty, via MCC-Maple Woods. The route will travel on Barry Road between Boardwalk Square and MCC. Between MCC and Liberty, the route will travel on portions of 80th Street, Soccer Drive, Shoal Creek Parkway, NE 82nd Terrace, and NE Barry Road/W Kansas Street. The route will operate hourly on weekdays only from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

297 Tiffany Springs 
The 297 Tiffany Springs Flex is being evaluated for changes as part of a larger Northland Flex project that may also include 298 North Kansas City Flex and 299 Gladstone-Antioch Flex. Potential 297 changes include a larger zone boundary and changes to hours and days of service to better align with other RideKC Next changes.

298 North Kansas City Flex 
The 298 North Kansas City Flex is being evaluated for changes as part of a larger Northland Flex Modernization pilot project that may also include 297 Tiffany Springs Flex and 299 Gladstone-Antioch Flex. Potential 298 changes, pending approval of the City of North Kansas City, include a larger zone boundary and changes to hours and days of service to better align with RideKC Next changes.

299 Gladstone-Antioch Flex 
The 299 Gladstone-Antioch Flex zone is being expanded to provide greater coverage and service hours in the areas of the Northland with existing fixed routes that have very limited service, such as the 235 Winwood-Gracemor and the 236 East Gladstone. The expanded zone will extend east to include the Gracemor neighborhood, and south to the North Kansas City boundary, and Chouteau and Parvin within KCMO. The 299 Flex route will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Additionally, 299 Flex will add app-based booking and tracking.

340 TMC-Lakewood 
340 TMC-Lakewood would be changed in coordination with the cities of Independence and Lee’s Summit. The route will be named 340 Lee’s Summit-Independence. The revised route will consolidate the 302 Blue and 340 TMC-Lakewood into a single route. The existing routes will be used, with several exceptions. The route will no longer directly serve the Cardinal Ridge Apartments at 49th & Hocker. At TMC-Lakewood, the bus stop will move to the hospital main entrance on the east side of the hospital. Additionally, the route will be extended to Downtown Lee’s Summit, via Douglas Street and terminating at Lee’s Summit City Hall on Green Street between 2nd and 3rd streets. The route will operate hourly on weekdays and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

529 KCI Express Limited
529 KCI Express Limited is being consolidated with service being offered on the revised 229 KCI-Boardwalk route, which will provide all-day access to the new KCI terminal construction site. See 229 KCI-Boardwalk for details. 

More about the plan is available at RideKCNext.org. If you have further questions or would like to submit a comment, please call 816.346.0300 or email planning@kcata.org.

For route and schedule information, visit RideKC.org any time or call the RideKC Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. We offer translation assistance for trip information in more than 50 languages.

El Centro de Llamadas Regional de RideKC brinda asistencia con la traducción al 816-221-0660, de lunes a viernes de 6 a.m. a 6 p.m. Lo conectaremos con un intérprete que puede traducir la información del viaje en más de 50 idiomas.

Additional Documents 

All routes combined in one PDF document [PDF]

Table of RideKC routes and their frequency 
Small version of RideKC Next frequency table

Map of Kansas City, Mo., service [PDF] 
Map of KCMO service